Isn’t that quote from Joseph Hubertus Pilates an inspiring one!?
It made me think, reflect, and do some research. Hopefully, the thoughts I’ve shared in this post help you as much as concentrating on this topic, did for me.
Certainly in my nursing job, I see more and more people getting older (some even turning 100 yrs +).
I am sure that those turning 100, these days, didn’t do Pilates at home, or exercise and work out the way some people do today.
But, they usually don’t have the weight problems our generation has.
After-all, at this point in time, our society is set up for convenience – which, more often than not, doesn’t translate to healthy living.
Where I’m I going with this thought?
Well, all I know is that when I do Pilates or work out in general, I feel much better than when I don’t work out. The same can be said for participating in energy work. I feel a real difference between the times I’m regularly treating myself, verses times when a few weeks go by without a Reiki or IET treatment or without attending a Reiki share. Believe it or not, I notice a difference in my pets when they receive healing energy versus when they don’t.
With that said, I find encouragement in aging healthfully. I encourage everyone at any age to start something and find something you love. If that’s energy work, research alternative healing and try different forms of healing like Integrated Energy Healing or Reiki and see which is for you.
I plan to blog on this more in the future – so please, leave your comments below, if you can relate to any of these thoughts and feelings.
But for now, I want to give a few examples of people whom I find to be an inspiration (and I hope you do as well):
Click here to see a list of Business Weeks “65 over 65 – Sucessful Seniors Who Won’t Retire” (interesting since I just went to a recognition ceremony of a friend who met the requirements of “40 under 40” for a similar category in regards to aging with grace and success).
I encourage you to Google “Team Hoyt” or view their website directly by clicking right here. Their motto is a refreshingly simple, 3-words statement …”Yes You Can” , from Dick and Rick Hoyt.
This is the compelling story of a 37 year old man who had a disabled son with Cerebral Palsy. The parents were encouraged to put Rick in an institution, however, the opposite happened. The boy asked his dad to do a 5K in honor of another person with a disability. Dick said YES and they participate in the event, together. Rick told his dad, that, in doing so he, “felt like he had no disability.”
Once Dick began racing with Rick, they didn’t stop. In fact, they started an wave a inspiration that has spread positively to many others. And now at age 73, he still runs in these events, pushing Rick in a bike where Rick sits in the front and swims pulling a boat with his son in it.
As I’ve learned from my son, Ricky, who advocates for adaptive sports and disabled athletes – inspired by his great friend and shot-put Paralympian in training (also with Cerebral Palsy) Joshua Myers from JustMaxFitnessNutrition.com – the bike they use is referred to as an adaptive cycle.
To date, and together, they have completed:
- 150 – 5K races
- 8 – 20 mile races
- 70 Marathons (30 of the Boston Marathon including this year where they didn’t get to finish because the horrible people bombed it)
- AND … 6 Iron Man Triathlons, which are so difficult some Elite Athletes can’t do them.
Here are some other interesting stories I found, which I think its fair to assume these individuals probably had some fear associated with what they were doing, but they seem to have faced fear according to this acronym … “Face.Everything. And. Rise”
- Colonial Sanders was 65 years old when he started KFC
- Golda Meir, at age 70, became the 4th Prime Minister of Israel
- Ron Regan became President of the USA 16 days before his 70th Birthday and the oldest President to take office, while Bill Clinton was the youngest
- Dr. Ruth became a household name at age 53 yrs old
- Julia Child, at age 51, gained cooking fame on TV, certainly the first woman to do so
- … Then, at age 69, she co-founded the American Institute of Food and Wine
- Peter Mark Roget was forced to retire at age 73 when he published a well-known book … Roget’s Thesaurus
- Andy and Joan Horner, began Premier Design’s Jewelry, a multimillion dollar direct sales business with over 40 thousand jewelers, at age 65, after he retired from Johnson and Johnson
What are your views on facing fear associated with aging? Are you inspired by these individuals & their stories as much as I am? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Thank you in advance for leaving a comment below…
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Love and Light,
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